Musgrove aiming to ease drop fears with win over rivals Diss

TIMELY RETURN: Defender Nathan Clarke, pictured during his time at Bury Town, is back from suspension for Walsham-le-Willows match with Diss Town
TIMELY RETURN: Defender Nathan Clarke, pictured during his time at Bury Town, is back from suspension for Walsham-le-Willows match with Diss Town
0
Have your say

A concerned Paul Musgrove has challenged Walsham-le-Willows to go some way to easing their relegation fears by beating rivals Diss Town.

Although it is still relatively early in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division campaign, tomorrow’s encounter at Summer Road (3pm) could prove pivotal for both sides in their respective quests to avoid the drop.

The Willows currently occupy the final relegation spot, but hold a six-point advantage over the Tangerines and assistant manager Musgrove is well aware of the importance of victory as the club look to halt a three-game losing run.

“Although I don't see it as a six-pointer just yet it is still a massive game for us,” said Musgrove, whose side suffered a 5-0 defeat to Gorleston 10 days ago and also host Ipswich Wanderers in the Red Insure Thurlow Nunn League Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm). “Being able to pull away from one of our rivals is a big incentive.

“People think we are in a false position, but we aren’t, we deserve to be where we are.”

n Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Thetford Town (13th) return to action with a difficult trip to high-flying Godmanchester Rovers tomorrow (3pm).

The trip to Bearscroft Lane starts a daunting run of fixtures for Mark Scott’s side, who travel to leaders Norwich United in the Red Insure Thurlow Nunn League Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).

“It’s a tough month ahead for us,” said Scott. “We’ve had several injuries in the squad so the little break that we’ve had has done us a bit of good.”

Sam Bryant and Aaron Joseph return to the 
squad this weekend, but 
captain Ashley Thompson 
and Ryan Pearson miss out.

n Mildenhall Town (ninth) look to continue their recent good form when they host Felixstowe and Walton United tomorrow (3pm).

Christian Appleford’s side drew 0-0 with last season’s champions Hadleigh United at the weekend, and travel to Godmanchester Rovers in the League Cup on Wednesday (7.45pm).

n In the First Division, Stowmarket Town (seventh) host Halstead Town at Greens Meadow tomorrow (3pm).

Rick Andrews’ side ended a run of nine matches without a win by beating Leiston Reserves 5-1 last week.

Josh Cheetham (two), Ben Garnham, Tom Bradlaugh and Ben Licence got the goals for Stow, who could see striker Wayne Proctor make his 100th appearance for the club this weekend.

n Team Bury (11th) visit Leiston Reserves tomorrow (3pm), hoping to get back to winning ways, following a narrow 2-1 defeat at league leaders Debenham LC at the weekend.

Tanner Call’s goal for the Blues was cancelled out by a Ben Golding double, which sent the Hornets to the top of the table.

Bury were dealt a double blow following the news that they had been removed from the First Division Knockout Cup after fielding an unregistered player in their 2-1 win at Maitlands last month.